The NBA season is now in full swing, as many fans are getting excited for All-Star weekend coming up. All-Star weekend means that the trade deadline is soon approaching, and it looks as though a few NBA stars will end up in different jerseys after the trade deadline. There are a few ways NBA teams can change their rosters, as they can draft players, sign players, and even trade away players for assets they feel better fit their team. At this point in the NBA season, teams are getting to see how their season is probably going to play out, whether it be they will be pushing for a playoff run understanding it might be time for a rebuild. This means teams will now be making moves to help their rosters, which means trades between teams will become more common until the trade deadline ends.
In this article, we will be looking at 15 NBA stars who could be in different jerseys by the time the trade deadline ends. As always, feel free to leave any other stars you think could be traded in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Here are the top 15 NBA stars who will be in different jerseys after the trade deadline.
15 Hassan Whiteside
14 Rudy Gay
Even though the Kings have one of the best centers in the league in DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have a losing record and are fighting for a playoff spot in the West. Cousins isn't the only star on the team however, as Rudy Gay, an offensive minded wing player, is a serious threat to score in large quantities. The Kings have expressed interest in trading Gay since last year, and a couple different teams are looking to acquire Rudy Gay before the trade deadline ends.
13 Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo is completely out of the Bulls rotation. Yes, All-Star caliber Rajon Rondo has lost all of his minutes to guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant. It's confusing to some, however Rondo hasn't played well at all this season, and coach Fred Hoiberg must not be happy with Rondo's play. Considering Rondo is out of the Bulls' rotation but still has value on the trade market, it would not be surprising at all to see Rondo moved to another team before the trade deadline ends.
12 Brook Lopez
The Nets are easily one of the worst teams in the league, which means they have little reason to keep former All-Star center Brook Lopez. Sitting last in the Eastern Conference, the Nets should be in total rebuild mode, which means they will be looking to trade Lopez for some young assets or draft picks. Nets management said they are looking for two first round picks for Lopez, however I'm not sure which teams will be looking to get Lopez for that price.
11 Jahlil Okafor
10 Ricky Rubio
The Timberwolves have not been as good as people thought they were going to be. Seeing the Wolves sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference is very surprising due to the growing talent they have on the roster. Drafting Kris Dunn with their first round draft pick last year looked to be one the final pieces in the Wolves rebuild, however Dunn has been anything but spectacular this season. The team may want to move Rubio for either some draft picks this upcoming draft or some young players, as the team obviously still needs some more room to grow and there is no reason for them to keep the aging Rubio on the team for much longer.
9 Nikola Vucevic
8 Brandon Knight
The Suns are full of great young talent, however young guard Brandon Knight may be the odd man out on the roster, which may mean the Suns might want to look at trading him. You may know Knight as being the guy Kyrie Irving dropped in the Rising Stars Challenge or the guy DeAndre Jordan posterized terribly a few years back. However Brandon Knight is actually pretty talented on the court, and could start on many NBA teams. Knight's minutes have been unsteady this season, as the team is looking to feel out multiple lineups.
7 Greg Monroe
6 Deron Williams
Deron Williams is the starting point-guard for the terrible Dallas Mavericks team who are sitting at the bottom of the standings. Mark Cuban has since said he doesn't see anyone valuuable enough in this upcoming draft for his team to tank to try to get them, however his team is tanking for him anyway. Deron Williams is far past his prime, and moving him away would help accelerate the rebuild that is very much needed in Dallas.
5 Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is one of the best power forwards in the league, however he has had a lot of trouble staying healthy over the past few years for his Clipper teammates. What's funny about Griffin's absences from the team is the statistics that actually show the team is better when Griffin is off the court. The Clippers haven't gone deep into the playoffs for years now, and obviously their big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan is not working.
4 Andre Drummond
3 Goran Dragic
2 Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks are obviously doing something wrong...I mean they just lost to the Sixers on a buzzer beater by T.J. McConnell for pete's sake. Just joking, I am a huge Sixers fan. However the Knicks are not the super-team that their point-guard Derrick Rose stated them to be before the season started, as the Knicks are once again finding themselves out of a playoff spot in the East. Knicks, enough trying to buy old stars for a playoff run! You have one of the best young stars in the league with Kristaps Porzingis and it's time to build around him with young guys.
1 DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is easily one of the best players in the league...hands down. Unfortunately for the Kings though, Cousins' presence on the court for them doesn't always lead to wins. The Kings have been one of the worst teams in the league for years now, and it is time for them to part ways with their star big man, as it is clear they should embrace a rebuild. Cousins has had multiple off court incidents this season, and it would be very smart for the Kings to get him off their plate before the trade deadline ends.
Many teams in the NBA would love to have the skill-set Cousins brings to the table, and the Kings should trade him for some young players or some seriously intriguing draft picks in future years to come. It may be odd seeing Cousins in a different jersey, but it makes sense for both Cousins and the Kings.
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